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Hesher (2011)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 32

It has a dark sense of humor and a refreshing lack of sentimentality, but like its title character, Hesher isn't really interested in going anywhere.

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 15

It has a dark sense of humor and a refreshing lack of sentimentality, but like its title character, Hesher isn't really interested in going anywhere.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Loud music. Pornography. Burning **** to the ground. These are a few of Hesher's favorite things. And they are what Hesher (Joseph Gordon Levitt) brings into the lives of TJ (Devin Brochu) and his father, Paul (Rainn Wilson) when he takes up residence in their garage uninvited. Grief-stricken by the loss of TJ's mother in a car accident, Paul can't muster the strength to evict the strange squatter, and soon the long-haired, tattooed Hesher becomes a fixture in the household. Like a force of

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Spencer Susser, David Michôd

Sep 13, 2011

$0.4M

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Happily, Hesher never lays things out too clearly. Just as you never know where he came from, it's hard to grasp where he's going, or even what he's doing in the moment. But you know he fits somewhere. And that's satisfaction enough.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
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Gordon-Levitt is a sly and inventive actor, and it can be genuinely fun to watch him having so much fun. But this character wears out his welcome fast.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Rather than a character rooted in some sort of reality -- social, satirical, psychological, take your pick -- Hesher is an abstract notion animated by false energy.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (4)
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Bad role models sometimes make the most interesting movie characters.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Unlike many films that hope to be called black comedy, it does not skimp on either the black or the comedy.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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When the blessed credits finally roll, the first thing Susser shows us is Hesher's tattoo of a raised middle finger. Backatcha, dude.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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An unlikeable main character and a weak narrative flow turn Hesher into a mediocre film.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Fortunately, there's enough humor in all this to counteract the exploitation of weird logic and audacious coincidence.

June 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Susser cowrote the script, which relies on moments of profanity and impulsive violence to elicit terse little laughs and a melodramatic backstory to signal emotional resonance.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Powered by a character at once original and representational, Hesher courses with a unique verve missing in many independent productions, hovering somewhere between outright success and 'interesting failure.'

May 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Since [Gordon-Levitt's] one of the most energetic and inventive young actors in the business, you can't take your eyes off him. Unfortunately, the quality of the material makes you wish you could.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Headbangs straight into your heart.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

While it arrives decorated with cooler hair and a louder soundtrack, it still sticks to the "Unusual Outsider Teaches Middle-Class People What It Means to Really Live" template.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Gordon-Levitt ... gets to play the opposite of his usual put-upon nice-guy roles - and he runs with it, to the point of making Hesher downright scary a lot of the time. The rest of the cast keeps up with him, in their less flashy roles.

May 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Brand X
Brand X

The strength of Hesher is its acting. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is back to drawing on his natural power as an actor. He's skilled at creating absorbing human trainwrecks.

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net
tonymacklin.net

... a promising concept gradually morphs into a predictable indie flick.

May 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Comments (5)
Playback:stl

Joseph Gordon-Levitt must be especially glad for this film to see the light of day, because his performance is award-worthy, a complete inhabiting of as unique a personality as you'll encounter in film.

May 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

...darkly funny and refreshingly blunt, giving a big middle finger to conventionality, and offering a rebel yell that's hard to ignore.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Some indie films seem to exist as exercises in strangeness, just to see how far they can go-and how long audiences will watch before screaming and running up the aisles. I stuck with Hesher till...

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks | Comment (1)
Leonard Maltin's Picks

Director/co-scenarist Spencer Susser has a definite feel for Hesher and T.J.'s little corner of the world.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Like a knock-off of Chuck Palahniuk produced by people raised only on Sundance films, "Hesher" is a mess.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Hesher himself [is] a mysterious, magnetic, repellent, and alluring figure... It's quite an astonishing performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

In his feature directorial debut, Spencer Susser establishes a deadpan, lost, grungy quality, the perfect place where a creature like Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) might have evolved.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

[Susser] keeps us on our toes, and even when his choices seem flashier than they need to be, there's a reason for them.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Hesher

I hear movies get called a "dark comedy" quite a bit, and usually it's either not funny, or not dark. "Hesher" is exactly what a dark comedy should be. The subject matter is very serious, and in a lot of ways heartbreaking. But there are so many crazy and funny things that happen, that this movie will not bring you down. In a lot of ways this is like the tv show "Shameless". You will root for some of the characters while hating them for what they do. A quick synopsis since most people have probably never heard of this. An anarchist named Hesher(Joseph Gordon Levitt) moves in, uninvited, with a father(Rainn Wilson, who surprisingly is the the complete straight man in this) and his son TJ. TJ's mom has died in a car accident and he and his fathers lives have spiraled downward since, especially since his dad is so grief stricken that he can't even change his clothes. Hesher is rude, perverted, loves heavy metal, and loves to set fire. Basically, the perfect person to bring a family back together. Levitt is outstanding here and just gives one of his best performances. Natalie Portman has a glorified cameo, but she does great also. But the main star and best job of the movie is TJ(Devin Brochu). This kid is amazing. I'm a sucker for movies were kids are damaged and they are constantly battling their emotions. Brochu should have gotten more attention for his performance, because it's fantastic. I heard about this in 2011 and just never got around to watching it. I'm glad I finally did, and would strongly recommend people give it a shot. Not for everyone, it's a true independent movie, but it's very entertaining, and original.
January 26, 2013
Everett Johnson

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This is the story of a dirty, dangerous, downright psychotic and unpedictable metalhead named Hesher who starts squatting in the living room of a family wrecked by grief over the death of a loved one. It's really about the bullied boy TJ, and how Hesher makes his life worse, but could perhaps be helping him, though the way he goes about doing this is just vulgar, nuts, and unconventional.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is awesome as Hesher. It's the kind of performance that reallly allows a performer to cut loose and just do something really out there. It's a great performance, though it feels like the film is mostly relying on him to carry it. That's kinda the biggest issue with the film. It's got some great ideas and a cool concept, but the way it is done leaves a lot to be desired. The other performances are good, however, they're all underwritten, even Hesher. It would have been better had there been more backstory and depth with the characters,because they deserve to have more known about them.

I was torn on how to rate this one. It does have the script issues, and it does start to fall apart towards the end, yet, Levitt is awesome, there's some crazy stuff on display, and it's really not all that predictable at times. It can be uncomfortable at times, but it does come around in the end. I'll just give it the benefit of the doubt and give it a mild pass, though it really does need some work.
December 7, 2012
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December 5, 2012
Saxia

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A stereotypical badass shows a grief-stricken family how to live again. Devin Brochu as young TJ is quite sad and broken-hearted over his mom's death, but he and the script itself don't seem to know how to handle Hesher's badassery. There's just too much "What are you doing?" and "What are you doing here?" which is like the opposite but equally annoying, "Let me explain."

There really is no rhyme or reason to Hesher's sociopathy. His actions aren't clearly to defend TJ nor to teach him a lesson. On a similar note, NaPo is kinda cute and dorky, but there's no real reason for it. Her character isn't particularly "different," nor do big-framed glasses make a dent on NaPo's She's All That face.

Rainn Wilson is surprisingly catatonic as the father though, and the penultimate scene of the three men "taking a walk with Grandma" is predictable but nevertheless moving.
July 15, 2012
aliceinpunderland

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    1. TJ: What the fuck you doing?
    – Submitted by Kryss F (18 months ago)
    1. TJ: What is wrong with you?
    – Submitted by Kathy B (23 months ago)
    1. Hesher: What's green, slimy, and smells like bacon?
    – Submitted by Brandon E (2 years ago)
    1. Hesher: You lost your wife, You lost your mom, I lost a nut.
    – Submitted by Michael N (2 years ago)
    1. Hesher: I got a doctor's appointment. It burns when I urinate.
    – Submitted by Riley C (2 years ago)
    1. Madeleine Forney: Life is like walking in the rain... you can hide and take cover or you can just get wet.
    – Submitted by Riley C (2 years ago)
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